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From Homer to Heaney, the voices of men and women have seldom been more piercing, more poignant, than in time of conflict. For fifty years, Jon Stallworthy has been attuned to such voices. In Survivors' Songs he explores a series of poetic encounters with war, with essays on Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and others. Beautifully written, this moving book sets the poetry and prose of the First World War and its aftermath in the wider context of writing about warfare from prehistoric Troy to Anglo-Saxon England; from Agincourt to Flanders; from El Alamein to Vietnam; from the wars of yesterday to the wars of tomorrow.Read more
- An important new work from one of the best-known scholars of First World War poetry
- Beautifully written, with much to interest the general reader
- Includes readings of First World War poets in the context of war writing across the ages
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“Stallworthy’s book comes highly recommended,…The book has the tenor of a series of advanced ongoing literary essays…There is much of value here for both the general and specialist reader.”
-MAJ Jeffrey Alfier, USAF, Retired, Tuscan, Arizona
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- Date Published: November 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521727891
- length: 240 pages
- dimensions: 214 x 138 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.33kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The death of the hero
2. Survivors' songs
3. England's epic?
4. Who was Rupert Brooke?
5. Christ and the soldier
6. Owen's afterlife
7. Owen and his editors
8. The legacy of the Somme
9. The iconography of the waste land
10. War and peace
11. The fire from heaven
12. Henry Reed and the great good place
13. The fury and the mire
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